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Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter
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Sep 02, 11

Read in September, 2011

I am a huge fan of singer/songwriter Josh Ritter. But I was skeptical when I learned that he’d written a novel. It’s a leap to go from a song to a full length novel. He exceeded my expectations by a long shot.

Bright’s Passage held my attention from about page 30 to the end. The narrative is set during and just after WWI. Battle scene descriptions are vividly morbid and surreal, as they should be. Henry Bright is a returning war vet, obviously troubled by the images and brutality he survived overseas. The villain is also a war vet—of the civil war. The story is a back and forth dialogue between the twisted minds of both men, one damaged beyond humanity, the other damaged, yet still filled with love and the wonder of life. Magical realism weaves its way through the book in the form of a disappearing and reappearing angel that seems to be protecting Henry. But in the final analysis, is the angel providing protection or provoking more heartache and trouble?

The book is worth a second read.
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